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REPORTING · 23rd February 2015
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council Meets tonight, Monday, February 23rd at their Council Chambers in the Northwest Community College at 7:30 Pm for a Public Hearing and Special Meeting of Council.

The meeting kicks off with a public hearing relating to the proposed Coast to Coast Townhouse Project where the Alexander Townhouses currently stand.

Once that is over, the Special Meeting of Council begins with a presentation by Robin Lapointe who is the president of the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club. He will be updating the Council on their request for Financial Support. In a letter to Council, Lapointe explains there are several expenses which are coming up and, while they hope to be revenue neutral within three years, they are expecting a shortfall of $160,000 for 2015.

Following this presentation, Council will be discussing writing off taxes for one of the trailers in the trailer court.

There are three bylaws before Council. The first one scheduled is based off the public hearing from earlier in the meeting. The second bylaw relates to first and second reading for the Forest Hills Zoning Amendment Bylaw. This bylaw would rezone land behind the cemetery for phase six of Forest Hills.

The final bylaw would exchange District owned land to Haisla Town Centre so they could build a road from the businesses to the traffic lights. The District will be asking for an equal portion of land in exchange.
Golf courses
Comment by Vern on 25th February 2015
While a Golf course is great for Kitimat we need to ask ourselves if we can afford it at this cost to the tax payers. A best case could have us covering the short fall for the next three years. Can we find a middle ground and look into the savings of maybe closing the back nine and running it as a nine hole course until it can at least break even.
How about providing more important services first?
Comment by Jane Legge on 23rd February 2015
Golf courses are going bankrupt across North America and it is not surprising that the same thing is happening here. If I am not wrong, the council already provided them $100k last year.
During the snow clearing, DOK damaged a lot of fences and refused to repair them for financial reasons. Why not repair the fences first?